Meet our Dedicated Staff

Our Staff
Helping Others Pawsitively Every Day

Ever since I was a very young girl, I have always had a strong love for dogs and wanted to work and be with them. My dream from when I was 7 years old was to be a sled dog musher in the snowy plains of Alaska, and I was able to live that dream when I got older. At 9 years old I started teaching the family dog to do tricks like roll over, speak, shake, and balance treats on his nose. I would pour over books about dogs and their behavior and could identify many different breeds and their traits since I was a child and teenager.

When I was able to get a place of my own I decided to adopt a dog; that is how I found my Denali. She was a wild one and was returned to the shelter twice due to severe "behavioral" problems. I worked with her and easily saw she was a very kind and loving dog; she just had so much energy and needed strong leadership. She and I have been serving the community with Michael's Angel Paws for two years now as a Therapy Dog team specializing in Geriatric and Hospice residents.

My heart also belongs to people. I am an avid blood donor and a bone marrow donor. I spend as much time as I can to serve others and to bring smiles to their faces. I was a sick kid when I was younger due to an accident that nearly claimed my life, and if it wasn't for the doctors, volunteers, donors, and divine intervention I wouldn't be here.

I am a business student and I currently live with my two dogs, Denali and Tuff Love, and my little foster dog Ottobot. I look forward to working with all those who come to Michael's Angel Paws, whether human or canine, and growing with this amazing organization.

Being an only child, I grew up with quite a few “fur siblings.” That, plus being a natural teacher, I became a novice dog trainer at a very early age. It wasn’t until I was much older and rescued my own dog that I was able to attend my first dog training courses. My rescue, Hunter, and I quickly moved through the dog training classes and we became a certified Therapy Dog team within a year.

About a year after Hunter and I became a team, I graduated from California State University Northridge with a BA in Deaf Studies. I then attended Bergin University of Canine Studies and graduated with an Associate of Science in Assistance Dog Education in 2011. Since then I have been training service and therapy dog teams and constantly continuing my canine education. My other passion is teaching basic obedience classes, as all levels of dog training require the fundamentals that are key to a dog’s training and future.

My husband and I moved to Las Vegas with our four fur kids in October of 2014. In addition to dog training, I am a wedding and family photographer. Yosemite, Harry, Brooklyn and Hunter (order as seen in photo) love their human brother, who arrived in June 2016.

Hi there, I'm Christine. I love that animals bring unconditional love and companionship to our lives. There's nothing better than snuggling up with a furry friend and I can't wait to meet yours!

Spending time with animals is my passion. Growing up I trained and showed horses, which I loved dearly and give credit to for starting me on my path into the Veterinary and Obedience world. For the past twenty years I've been a Veterinary Technician, during that time I've also trained and showed my dogs in the obedience ring. I love other animals too! I wouldn't call myself a crazy cat lady, but I do have several cats who've all adopted me and I adore them with all my heart.

Working with a variety of animals has given me the ability to work with many different cases, successfully and help create that human animal bond between owners and their pets. My goal is to help you achieve having a well mannered, loving, member of the family. I look forward to working with each and every one of you!

I always grew up having dogs in the house, and found enjoyment in teaching them tricks. I would spend every day training my dogs how to play dead, give high-fives, speak, and have manners. Then the time came when I was in and out of the hospital for my severe allergies, and my diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease soon followed with a 6-month hospital stay. During that stay, I was introduced to a therapy dog that brightened my day and made my stay easier. I was also introduced to Michael’s Angel Paws during this long stay.

When I was discharged and started healing, I still was not able to go out with my family to restaurants in fear of going back into the hospital from an allergic reaction. I wanted to live my life to the fullest and I was being held back. Something had to change. This is when my family contacted Michael’s Angel Paws, and we adopted Toku. We trained him as my service dog to detect those allergens in my food and retrieve my epi-pen. We worked very hard for two years and are now graduated.

Towards the middle of our course, Steph noticed my natural talent for training dogs, and asked if I would be willing to join her team after some schooling. I started courses to become a dog trainer, graduated, and gained experience through family, friends, neighbors, and eventually interning at Steph’s side on other service dog cases. I now happily take on the challenge of helping people and their dogs not only bond but overcome the hard parts of life with excitement and vigor, together.